The NBA Draft is over, nobody was killed in Sacramento, New York is unhappy that it didn’t get all the draft picks, and by our count, 59 players were snubbed by at least one team.
Happily, that won’t be the case in Friday’s NHL Draft. It is the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel draft, and nobody else has a single thought about feeling jobbed because this was the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel draft since both were well-meaning and hard-working embryos.
Because Canada, that’s why.
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Speaking of which, Michael Sam is back in Montreal and expected to rejoin the Alouettes of the CFL shortly. Apparently a personal matter had caused him to leave the team, creating the predictable stir about him quitting football and not having the will to stick it out and blah blah blah.
Turns out, it was 2 ½ weeks, not forever, but it is suspicious that his return was announced after the Als lost to the one-year-older-than-expansion Ottawa RedBlacks. General manager Jim Popp said, “I think he needed a break. That’s my personal belief. I think it was just overwhelming to some degree and he needs to clear his mind, clear his head.”
Yeah, the Rouge et Noirs will do that to a fellow.
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And speaking of the NBA Draft, the kid who fake-cried at the news of the Knicks drafting Kristaps Porzingis is already tiresome, and should be locked in his room until Porzingis’ career is over.
Because New York, that’s why.
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And speaking of the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets have designed an alternate jersey that is black (ho-hum), has turquoise numerals (so 1996) and has BUZZ CITY written across the front. If you buy one of these hoping it will make you look less geektron for wearing a Hornets jersey, jail is a fair price to pay.
Just telling you, is all.
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And speaking of the NBA and Canada (for the love of God, make up your mind), the Toronto franchise in the D-League is going to be called –- again, because stupid people aren’t told when a bad idea surfaces –- 905.
Not “the” 905s. 905, after the area code for all the areas surrounding Toronto that aren’t Lake Ontario. This is of course a worse name than the Saint John’s Mill Rats, or the Quebec Kebs (the logo alone, a pissed-off adenoidal frog dribbling a flaming basketball, is horrifying) or the Los Angeles D-Fenders, or the Roanoke Dazzle, and that’s saying something.
Oh, thank God for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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Much of sports media these days is to devoted to media covering media, because navel-gazing is now an outward-looking pastime as well. So as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! was leaking the draft out two and sometimes three picks ahead, some folks took to Twitter to congratulate him on reaching 1 million followers.
I’d like to think that Wojnarowski, or as he is known at home, the guy who vomits in ESPN’s soup tureen, would find that as idiotic as I do. Unless he has a contract bonus for spambots.
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And finally, Larry Nance, Jr., the Lakers first round pick, apparently tweeted a message about Kobe Bryant three years ago that read, “Gee I hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time #rapist.”
He deleted it, but far too late for the eyes of the world, so when general manager Mitch Kupchak was asked about it, he did what any good manager would do –- decide not to give a damn. From ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:
“LAL GM Mitch Kupchak said he & team PR boss John Black addressed Nance's Kobe tweet. Said Kobe & Nance will have to work it out themselves.”
Services will be after the third day of summer camp.